Thomson & Craighead
Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead
Location: Peacock Visual Arts Project Room & Castlegate
Dates: 27 April – 27 May 2017 + Sunday 30 April & Monday 1 May 2017, 10am – 5pm
Opening: 27 April, 7-9pm. All Welcome.
FREE // suitable for all ages
London-based visual artists Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead work across video, sound, sculpture, installation and online space. Through sensitive appropriation of images, texts, and data from online and archived sources, the artists produce generous, lyrical works that both exercise the dramatic conventions of cinema and examine the changing socio-political structures of the information age.
They present a new generative moving image work for Look Again called Control Room alongside two existing artworks, Aberdeen Wall (2010 – 2017) and Here (2013).
Control Room is the product of time the artists spent last summer researching the Aberdeen harbour archives where they found three carousels of 35mm slides which had originally been part of a corporate audio-visual presentation, most likely made during the 1980s. There were no sound recordings or documentation with the slides and so Jon and Alison have created their own fictional account to accompany them; an interview speculating on the events, times and places these images describe. Part interrogation and part therapy session the dialogue never concludes. In fact each question, response and image is endlessly being recombined randomly as the work plays in its own attempt to consider how any artefact in any archive can mean quite different things at different times.
Aberdeen Wall is a physical manifestation of the invisible city all around us; a poetic snapshot of social networking traffic from within a three-mile radius of the exhibition location, AB11 5BQ. During the run up to Look Again, publicly available status updates will be selected then published as an array of typeset fly posters that reveal the idle mutterings of ourselves to ourselves as a form of concrete poetry.
Here is a custom made road sign indicating how far the sign is from itself if pointing in the direction of the North or South pole. In doing so perhaps it reminds us that we are not isolated from the rest of the world but are in fact part of a closed system. The sign is fabricated to UK road furniture standards and displays distance in miles.
Thomson & Craighead have shown extensively at galleries, film festivals and for site-specific commissions in the UK and internationally. Venues include the British Film Institute, London; SPACE, London; FACT, Liverpool; DCA Dundee Contemporary Arts; H-I-C-A Highland Institute of Contemporary Art, Dalcrombie, Scotland; bitforms, New York; New Museum, New York; and the Berkeley Art Museum, California.
Thomson & Craighead is part of the Look Again Visual Art & Design Festival 2017.